Plantago asiatica, also known as Chinese plantain, is a useful plant that belongs to the plantain or fleawort (Plantaginaceae) family. It is native to East Asia, where it’s widely used as a folk medicine for a variety of ailments, such as digestive problems, urinary system inflammation and liver disease. In Japan, the leaves of Chinese plantain are … Continue reading Can a plantain from Asia keep liver disease at bay?
The liver plays a central role in all metabolic processes occurring inside the body. It is also responsible for metabolizing a number of xenobiotics, or synthetic chemicals. Because of its functions, the liver is more exposed to toxic chemical substances — particularly modern medications — than any organ in the body. Hepatoxicity, or liver damage caused by … Continue reading Protect your liver from drug-induced toxins with creeping marshweed herb
As an organ the size of a football, the liver plays an outsized role in maintaining good health. It filters out toxins in the bloodstream, breaks down fats, stores nutrients and balances energy metabolism. It also breaks down alcohol in the blood and helps create proteins responsible for blood clotting. This being said, the effects of an unhealthy liver can ripple through … Continue reading At least 80% of people with diabetes also have fatty liver, warns endocrinologist
Lippia triphylla, commonly known as lemon verbena or lemon beebrush, is a flowering plant native to South America. It was brought by the Spanish and the Portuguese to Europe in the 17th century, where it is cultivated for its lemon-scented oil to this day. The leaves of lemon verbena can retain their odor for years; hence, they are currently used … Continue reading Compound in lemon verbena may help normalize lipid metabolism in diabetics
Some microorganisms can raise a person’s blood alcohol to dangerously high levels, even if he hasn’t touched a drop of alcohol his whole life. In a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism, certain types of gut bacteria can ferment carbohydrates into alcohol within the body — a condition known as auto-brewery syndrome (ABS). A team of researchers from the Capital Institute of Pediatrics in … Continue reading Auto-brewery syndrome – when gut bacteria produce too much alcohol – may cause fatty liver disease
Researchers from India assessed the hepatoprotective activity of Limnophila repens (creeping marshweed) against paracetamol. They reported their findings in a study published in the International Journal of Green Pharmacy. The liver plays a central role in all metabolic processes inside the body. It is responsible for metabolizing a number of xenobiotics.Because of its function, the liver is … Continue reading Hepatoprotective activity of Limnophila repens (creeping marshweed) protects against paracetamol-induced toxicity
Despite its bad rap, alcohol is known to have anti-inflammatory benefits. In fact, studies have found that moderate alcohol consumption can reduce biomarkers of inflammation. However, not everyone can enjoy this benefit. According to the latest research, drinking alcohol can do you more harm than good if you’re already suffering from chronic inflammation or an inflammatory condition like … Continue reading What happens if a person with rheumatoid arthritis drinks too much alcohol?
Mental health issues affect tens of millions of Americans, and only half of those affected reach out for help. Mental illnesses, which include depression and anxiety disorders, and which can range from mild to severe, affect more women than men, with around 22.3 percent of women affected compared to only 15.1 percent of men. Young … Continue reading Mental health issues linked to higher mortality rates in men than in women
Ginseng, referred to by some as the “king of all herbs,” is a widely used herbal medicine and health supplement. Numerous benefits are associated with the use of ginseng, most notably the enhancement of male reproductive function, the improvement of general well-being, and the prevention of cancer. While different varieties of ginseng exist, each variety contains … Continue reading A component of ginseng found to have anti-tumor effects against liver cancer
Researchers from Sichuan University and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College evaluated the bioactive compound ginsenoside Rg3, a component of ginseng, and its potential against hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Their study was published in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine. The sodium-hydrogen exchanger 1 (NHE1) plays a key role in the growth and development of HCC. It … Continue reading Ginseng phytonutrient Ginsenoside Rg3 effective against hepatocellular carcinoma